The NFL’s two-week window to franchise tag a player closes March 5 at 1 p.m. PT, and Frank Clark is widely expected to be the recipient of the tag by the Seattle Seahawks. Clark doesn’t sound like a player set to go anywhere in free agency, since he’s on Twitter appearing to recruit Bruce Irvin back to Seattle.
The only time the two played together for the Seahawks was back in 2015, the same year that Irvin was on the final year of his rookie contract. The pair combined for 8.5 sacks on a roster that included Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who had 9 and 10 sacks respectively.
Irvin retweeted a photo of him and Clark from 2015, and Clark responded saying, “Me, you, and reed,” and Jarren Reed also chimed in calling that trio a “scary sight.”
After Irvin was cut by the Oakland Raiders this past season, the Seahawks seemed like a possible landing spot, but the team didn’t have the cap space to claim him off waivers. Instead, he returned to his hometown of Atlanta to play with the Falcons.
When NFL agency open March 13, Irvin is likely to be available and it’s no secret that he has an affinity for Ken Norton Jr. who coached him both in Seattle and in Oakland. The Seahawks could save $3.3 million by releasing Barkevious Mingo to add to the $51.9 they have available now while opening up Irvin’s previous role on the roster. Irvin would fill a need for Seattle certainly, but how much is he looking for and what he can get elsewhere will probably play a much bigger factor in his decision.